Syrian leader meets U.N. envoy

June 12, 2005 at 7:41 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 12 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad met Sunday with U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen in Damascus to discuss a U.N. resolution on the Syrian pullout from Lebanon.

U.N. spokesman in Lebanon, Nejib Friji, said that Larsen met with Assad at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and discussed "all relevant issues," adding they will "continue their dialogue."

Friji said Larsen left Damascus to brief Annan on the discussions.

The spokesman did not give further details on the meeting, which came amid Lebanese parliamentary elections, the first to be held without Syrian presence in 30 years.

The Syrian forces completed their withdrawal from Lebanon in late April in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559, which called for the pullout of all foreign forces from the country, in obvious reference to the Syrians.

The resolution also demanded the disarming of the militias in Lebanon, in clear reference to the Shiite Hezbollah organization and some of the Palestinian factions in the refugee camps.

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